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What’s New and Cool in Data Processing HVAC

Spring 2008
These links are provided as information only and are not in any way to be considered a comprehensive listing or as an
endorsement by PG&E. All links were current at time of list creation. An electronic version of this list is available at
www.pge.com/energyclasses/

Related Online Resources:

ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9


This ASHRAE technical committee focuses on Mission Critical Facilities, Technology Spaces and Electronic
Equipment. It promotes and provides unbiased HVAC technical information for these datacom industries.
http://tc99.ashraetcs.org/

American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)


ASHRAE is a professional organization dedicated to the creation and promotion of quality-based standard
practices in the HVAC&R industry. Members have access to ASHRAE technical articles and conference papers.
Anyone can browse abstracts of ASHRAE’s numerous books, journal articles and other technical publications that
are available for purchase.
http://www.ashrae.org

Best Practices for Data Centers: Lessons Learned from Benchmarking 22 Data Centers
This paper by Steve Greenberg, Evan Mills, et al, was presented at the 2006 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy
Efficiency in Buildings. It presents the results of their benchmarking studies and describes best practices for the
operation and design of more efficient data centers.
http://eetd.lbl.gov/emills/PUBS/PDF/ACEEE-datacenters.pdf

Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). Commercial HVAC Installation Guidelines


Both the Guidelines for Energy-Efficient Commercial Unitary HVAC Systems and the accompanying White Paper
can be downloaded from the CEE’s site. The Guidelines provide best practices, selection criteria, and details of
components and systems. HVAC commissioning is also outlined and discussed.
http://www.cee1.org/com/hecac/hecac-spec.php3

CoolTools™ Chilled Water Plants Design Guide


This design guide from the CoolTools chilled water plants project can be downloaded from the publications
section of the Taylor Engineering site.
http://www.taylor-engineering.com/publications/design_guides.shtml

Data Center Energy Efficiency Report. U.S. EPA


This report to Congress provides details of energy use in data centers; the benefits of improved energy efficiency;
and makes recommendations for incentives and research
http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/prod_development/downloads/EPA_Datacenter_Report_Congress_Final1.
pdf

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Electrostatic Discharge Association (ESDA)
ESDA promotes the theory and practice of electrostatic discharge avoidance through standards developments,
educational programs, publications, and certification. Several of ESDA’s standards are available for download at
no charge.
http://www.esda.org/

Energy Design Resources. HVAC Design


EDR provides access to resources to facilitate and educate building professionals in the design and operation of
energy efficient buildings. The HVAC Design category includes design briefs, guidelines, and design software
tools that cover a variety of efficient HVAC design techniques and technologies.
http://www.energydesignresources.com/category/heating-vent-ac/

Energy Smart Data Center. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


This is an overview of PNNL’s Energy Smart Data Center project. This research project addresses data center’s
power generation, conversion, distribution and cooling issues. The overview includes links to technical papers on
these topics.
http://esdc.pnl.gov/

High-Performance Buildings for High-Tech Industries. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


This site is a portal to an abundance of research information, Best Practice Guidelines, benchmarking tools, an
annotated bibliography, technical papers, articles, and performance standards for energy efficient equipment and
practices for high-tech facilities.
http://hightech.lbl.gov/datacenters.html

High Performance Data Centers: A Design Guidelines Sourcebook


This 63-page design guideline was developed by LBNL and PG&E. It addresses best practices and energy
efficient design of HVAC systems, humidity control, power supplies, self-generation, and UPS systems.
http://hightech.lbl.gov/documents/DATA_CENTERS/06_DataCenters-PGE.pdf

LEED™ Green Building Rating System for New Construction & Major Renovations, ver. 2.2
This latest version of LEED’s building rating system includes requirements for HVAC&R systems, ventilation for
indoor air quality and thermal comfort. A link to LEED for Existing Buildings is also included on this site.
http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=220

National Building Controls Information Program (NBCIP)


NBCIP was established by the Iowa Energy Center and provides unbiased information on building control system
products and strategies, including reports that describe the actual performance of products tested by the program.
All publications on the site can be downloaded free of charge.
http://www.buildingcontrols.org

New Buildings Institute (NBI)


NBI promotes the building and operation of energy efficient buildings. NBI has produced many useful building
guidelines, including guides to Absorption Chillers and Advanced VAV System Design. These guidelines are
available for download.
http://www.newbuildings.org/guidelines.htm

Print Resources Available in the PEC’s Resource Center:


‰ ASHRAE Handbook. HVAC Applications. American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air
Conditioning Engineers, 2003
‰ ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007. Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. ASHRAE, 2007

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‰ ASHRAE Standard 90.1 – 2004. Energy Standards for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.
ASHRAE, 2004
‰ Design Considerations for Datacom Equipment Centers. ASHRAE, 2006
‰ Structural and Vibration Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers. ASHRAE, 2007
‰ Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments. ASHRAE, 2004

Other Print Resources:

‰ Best Practices for Datacom Facility Energy Efficiency. ASHRAE, 2008


‰ Datacom Equipment Power Trends and Cooling Applications. ASHRAE, 2005
‰ High Density Data Centers: Case Studies and Best Practices. ASHRAE, 2008
‰ Liquid Cooling Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers. ASHRAE, 2006

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